The media has been filled with coverage during the past 10 days of possible wrongdoing by the newly elected attorney general. Whether criminal wrongdoing actually took place or whether ethical violations occurred should be investigated and determined. John Swallow himself called for an investigation by the U.S. Attorney. Now Alliance for a Better Utah ("Better UTAH") has called for the Utah State Bar to conduct an investigation of possible violations of the bar's Code of Professional Conduct.
We think both actions are appropriate (the former would be a criminal investigation, the latter an investigation of possible ethical violations). We support Better UTAH's request for investigation using the State Bar's regular complaint procedures. Let the matter be thoroughly examined, and then, based on the evidence, put the matter to rest — no matter what the outcome may be.
Kim R. Burningham, Utahns for Ethical Government